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Top 10 Places to Photograph in Seattle

Author: Libby - Printique by Adorama

Put Nirvana on your playlist and fill up your Starbucks cup we are headed to the Emerald City! If you are planning on visiting this beautiful city, make sure to bring your camera.  We will help you by giving you our top 10 places to photograph in Seattle. Check them out!

Week Four – Seattle

1. Space Needle

A. 400 Broad Street
Seattle’s favorite observation deck is located in the beautiful Space Needle that stands tall at 605 feet. After you buy a ticket, you can take a quick 41-second trip up to the 360-degree observation deck. It was built in 1961 and opened to the public for the 1962’s World Fair. * The observation deck is 520 feet in the air. You can see the downtown Seattle skyline as well as the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker.   This should definitely be your first stop in Seattle.

2. Pike Place Market

B. Pike Street
This public market overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. It opened in 1907 and is one of the oldest public farmer’s markets in the United States. *Some things to capture include the neon signs on top of the market, the fish throwing among merchants and don’t forget to get a snap of Rachel the bronze pig. It’s definitely a feast for the eyes at the market and so many spectacular photo opportunities.

3. Seattle’s Great Wheel

C. 1301 Alaskan Way
The Seattle Great Wheel is a giant ferris wheel that stands 175 feet tall. It opened in 2012. *You do have to buy tickets to ride the wheel. However, the view is worth it. When taking pictures inside the bucket, turn off your flash as you will get a reflection of your flash in your picture. Instead, turn the flash off and pump up the ISO if you need. 

4. Waterfront Park

D. 1401 Alaskan Way
As the name suggests, this is a park that stretches along Seattle’s waterfront. It spans from Pier 57 to 59. *It’s an official Seattle landmark and you’ll find the Seattle Aquarium based on the waterfront. Some other items of note include a large statue of Christopher Columbus and the amazing Waterfront Fountain made of bronze!

5. Olympic Sculpture Park

E. 2901 Western Avenue
The park sits on nearly 9 acres and opened to the public in 2007. * It’s an outdoor sculpture park with both permanent and visiting installations. It is free and open to the public.

6. Museum of Popular Culture

F. 325 5th Avenue North
The outside of this museum is like no other building in the area! The Museum of Pop Culture or MoPOP is a museum dedicated to pop culture. It’s located right next to the Space Needle and the monorail runs right through the building! Inside you’ll see some amazing exhibits like the guitar sculpture. Outside, your eyes will need to adjust. The outside of the building featured textures and colors of gold, silver, deep red, blue and gorgeous deep purple.   It’s the perfect backdrop for those critical selfies.

7. Chihuly Garden and Glass

G. 305 Harrison Street
Photographs just don’t do this exhibit justice. The Chihuly Garden and Glass is an exhibit near the Space Needle showcasing the studio glass creations by Dale Chihuly.  It opened in 2012 and there are exhibits both inside and outside. Inside, you’ll find Chihuly’s largest suspended sculpture at over 100 feet long. *You will need to buy tickets to view the artwork.

8. Kerry Park

H. 211 West Highland Drive
If you are looking to get the best panoramic shot of Seattle then Kerry Park is a must stop. You can view the beautiful Elliott Bay,  Seattle’s city center and sometimes Mount Rainer will come into sight on clear days.

9. Pioneer Square

I. 319 Second Avenue South
The neighborhood takes its name from a small triangular plaza near the corner of First Avenue and Yesler Way.  Pioneer Square is a historic district including several surrounding blocks and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the center of where the first settlers landed in 1852. It’s also the main point where the Great Seattle Fire swept through destroying almost everything in 1889.* Try to get some pictures of Union Station. If you have time, it’s worth it to take the underground tour to take pictures. You’ll see a whole different city under Pioneer Square’s buildings and sidewalks.

10. Gasworks Park

J. 2101 North Northlake Way
This public park is the former site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company. It  sits on more than 19 acres and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. It contains the remnants of the old plant. The coal gasification plant closed in 1956 and the city bought it and opened it to the public in 1972.* Climb the big hill and find the sundial at the top. Here you will see beautiful sweeping views of Seattle. It is free and open to the public.

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*Information from the respected Wikipedia pages.
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